The Prize Fighter (Don’t Dress the Cuts)
My disclaimer: Boxing is a sport of skill, power, endurance, wit, and strategy. Some people disapprove of the sport due to it’s violent nature. I certainly understand the objections of many.. but I think it is analogous for this blog post.
During a boxing match, a prize fighter’s ability to win the bout can be compromised by the smallest of cuts. Small cuts become targets for their opponent. The opponent (or enemy) will zero in on those small cuts with the intent of inflicting further damage. The prize fighters enemy’s sole purpose and intent is to bring defeat. When the cuts get too large the prize fighter loses. End of the fight.
On the prize fighters team of supporters is a Doctor (they call the cut man) In between rounds, cuts are addressed, covered, and given immediate care. All in the 2-3 minutes between rounds.
The cuts are attended to superficially in that very brief period of time. The cut man dresses the wounds and the prize fighter goes back into the ring to continue the fight.
Dressing a cut is an inadequate tempt to cover damage
1 Timothy 6:11-12 says: “11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”
We are in a heated fight. We have scars from battles, scars from our past, scars from our own self-afflictions. These “cuts” are targeted by our enemy who’s intent is to expose these cuts, deepen these cuts, and ultimately attempt to cause our demise.
Paul warned Timothy to flee from some things while pursuing others. We must be sure that we’re fleeing (defensively) and pursuing (offensively) appropriately.
When we go to the corner (fleeing defensively) we must allow God to HEAL our cuts and not merely dress them. Dressing them may get us back into the ring but they compromise our ability to fight, robs us of our power, and can potentially give our enemy weaknesses to exploit.
Fighting the GOOD Fight
- Be Strategic- The fight of faith involves pursuing and retreating (bob and weave) (punching and blocking) being too aggressive with offence will wear you down and keep you out of balance. Know when to engage your enemy.. know when to retreat and re-fuel
- Flee- Avoid the pitfalls that causes “piercings” of your mental and spiritual health. Examine your life from a perspective of honesty. If you have cuts.. deal with them.. bring them to the real Doctor.. the “Cut Man” that can HEAL them. Retreat to rebuild, take the time to HIDE in Him (Psalms 27:5 For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock.)
- Pursue- Hunger for those things that brings about healing (righteousness – goodness – faith – love – patience – gentleness). Always pursue growth and healing in every area of your life.. (relationships, finances, health and fitness, biblical knowledge) God called you “more than a conquerer” but you must participate with His will and plan for your life.
- Train – Discipline yourself to pursue the things of the Kingdom that afford for holiness and completeness. Associate yourself with those who will partner with you in this fight. This fight was not meant to be fought alone. We fight personally but also as a community. Seek a spiritual mentor, find an accountability partner. That is, if you’re really serious about living a winning life and going to the next level in your walk with God.
- Worship – Go into His tabernacle (His presence.. ) and be healed in worship ( Psalms 27:6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.) Your Worship is your healing, your worship is your strength, your worship is your rest, your worship is your deliverance from the pestilence and the peril. Let loose and worship freely!
Fight a GOOD Fight
Fight not for victory but fight from the place of victory. Every “cut” you have Jesus has paid the price for them. Don’t attempt to fight this fight with covered/dressed cuts… God wants to heal you thoroughly and completely so that He can use you to impact this present generation
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